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The advanced-biofuels industry is in danger of withering away.
Modifying a gene in plants makes it far easier to process biomass to make fuel.
Virdia plans to make cheap sugars from wood chips, tackling the industry’s greatest challenge.
Startups say reduced mandates for oil companies make it difficult to finance biorefineries.
ZeaChem starts construction in Oregon, but plans elsewhere have stalled or been scaled back.
ZeaChem’s pilot plant will make ethanol using termite microbes.
Startup Coskata has opened a “semi-commercial” ethanol plant to demonstrate its technology.
Amyris’s large-scale demonstration plant will make diesel from sugarcane.